Dava Sobel '64
Dava Sobel is an author and journalist who has written about science for over four decades. Sobel has written eight books about science, including her 1995 breakthrough Longitude, which tells the story of the man who discovered how to determine and measure longitude at sea. Most recently, she wrote The Glass Universe, about the women who contributed to the Harvard College Observatory in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
Besides her novels, Sobel worked for years as a science reporter for The New York Times, where she covered psychology and psychiatry. She has also taught science writing at several colleges, including the University of Chicago in 2006.
Sobel graduated from Binghamton University in 1969. She credits growing up near the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden as a great contribution to her interest in science.
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